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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

An Update

Bless you all 
for your kind supportive words and prayers.

Things continue to be tough at the moment, for a number of reasons and take up almost all our time, but we are soldiering on.

My husband's father died peacefully with family around his beside yesterday morning.
My mother is making slow progress in some areas and obviously a cause for concern in others. My father continues to deteriorate.
Sleepless nights and poor appetites are the order of the day.

I recommend this book. It's excellent:
A Time to Care by Emily Ackerman.

God Bless.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Triple Whammy

Sorry that I have been away for my own Blogfest and from my blog. 

My husband and I are currently coping with a triple whammy family crisis that involves all three of our remaining parents being terminally ill. Two with dementia with other health complications and one with a heart deterioration.

I would like to thank all my loyal supporters and also Misha for helping host my Blogfest, while I have been away.

I'm hoping to get back on track sometime soon, but please know I am missing you all. I look forward to a time when I can return to the heady days of care-free cyber socialisation, perhaps!

I am currently reading 
A Time To Care by Emily Ackerman which is already helping.

On a happier note, I have more haiku published in this month's scifaikuest 

Novel Films II #3

DAY 3: Have you read any novels where you have yet to see the films/ TV adaptations? Or seen any films where you are keen to read the original novel? 

I have done a lot of catching up since Novel Films Blogfest 1 in 2011, such as reading The Rotters Club; Adjustment Bureau; The Firm; Stormbrfeaker; About A Boy.

While I found I couldn't get into Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg and The Other Boelyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

I have seen The Hobbit; Never Let Me Go; Neverwhere
but I have yet to see the film of The Handmaid's Tale or read:
The Blindside by Michael Lewis
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
Brick Lane by by Monica Ali
K-Pax by Gene Brewer
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Matilda by Roald Dahl

Oh and discovered I have read and seen Anna of the Five Towns by Alan Bennett, though sadly this is not available on DVD

How about you? 

I'd like to thank everyone who has supported this 3 day Blogfest.  
Bless you all and of course
Misha for co-hosting during my family crises.  


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Novel Films II #2

DAY 2: Which novels that so far haven’t yet been made into films/ TV adaptations would you like to see and why?

Now this is a question I often pose myself when I am reading and now wish I had kept a comprehensive list. For the sake of this Blogfest, I'll throw a few suggestions into the mix of those that I recall crossing my mind as having Film/ animation/ TV dramatisation potential:

The Gervase Phinn books would make a great series like those of James Herriot 
 The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness 
Cosmic by Frank Cotterill Boyce
The Vanishing Act of Esmé Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
Blackberry Wine by Joanna Harris
Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson
Creepy Hollow Series by Rachel Morgan

Monday, 2 September 2013

Novel Films II #1 Novel Don'ts

Day 1 ~ Are there any novels you have seen as films/ TV adaptations in which the novel left you cold? OR vice versa?

I have consumed a vast collection of novels and related films, equally of which I adore. However, there are a few novels for which I confess enjoying the films/ TV adaptations, but just couldn't get into the novels...

I'm sure there are plenty who would disagree and I appreciate they likely have different tastes and expectations to mine.

I guess since film/ TV and writing are separate/diverse media it is understandable that this can happen, when reading and viewing preferences/appetites differ.

 How about you?